DNOWS Header

Image Map

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Women Are Catching Up Fast And Leading The Way

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Henry Charteris Hooper was the first person to swim from Robben Island to the South African mainland on Cape Town. His crossing in 1909 took him in 6 hours 55 minutes.

But it took another 65 years before a female duplicated Hooper's famed crossing. Marie van der Merwe, a 12-year-old South African, swam from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand in March 1974, completing the tandem swim in 2 hours 31 minutes, swimming together with Hugh Tucker and Peter Bales in 16°C (60.8°F) water.

Captain Matthew Webb was the first person to swim across the English Channel. His breaststroke crossing in 1875 took him 21 hours 45 minutes.

But it took another 51 years before a female duplicated Captain Webb's iconic swim. Gertrude Ederle, an Olympic champion, crossed the 21-mile Channel in 1926 in 14 hours 30 minutes.

Stewart Evans was the first person to swim between the Farallon Islands and the California mainland. His crossing in 1967 took him 13 hours 44 minutes.

But it took another 48 years before a female duplicated Evans' pioneering crossing. Kimberley Chambers, a 38-year-old former ballerina, completed a 30-mile swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in 2015 in 17 hours 12 minutes.

"While women may have not had the same opportunities for training and challenging themselves in such endurance events as their male counterparts in the 19th and 20th century, I can imagine that there may be at least as many unprecedented open water swims completed by women in the 21st century as there will be completed by men," predicted Steven Munatones.

Look what Lynne Cox did for the sport of ice swimming and the standards that are being set by women like Sarah Thomas and Chloë McCardel. I seriously doubt it will take the women of the 21st century another 48 or 51 or 65 years to replicate the feats of their male open water colleagues. Times have certainly changed."

Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program